Snake Gaiters -worth it?

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Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by kenjacobsen » Feb 24 2019 6:17 pm

Anyone ever try Snake Gaiters like these, and if so, are they worth the trouble?

https://www.farmandlandaccessories.com/ ... e-gaiters/

Personally I've almost stepped on a rattler a couple times now, so I'm wondering.

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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by kenjacobsen » May 05 2019 11:59 am

Here's where I got mine, since Bezos is rich enough already:
https://www.farmandlandaccessories.com/ ... t-harness/

They have more elaborate ones here:
https://www.farmandlandaccessories.com/ ... rotection/

The things feel bulletproof. I wear them loose and gravity keeps them over my high hiking boots.
I'm assuming rattlers can't bite through thick leather so I won't need that shoe-top protection the more expensive ones have.

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Post by kenjacobsen » May 11 2019 1:37 pm

ANOTHER one along the Elephant Mountain trail yesterday –coiled, rattler buzzing (you can see it behind it's 'neck'), and ready to strike.

These things are everywhere lately!
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Post by Grasshopper » Apr 23 2020 12:35 pm

Just fyi for this Forum Topic's file: More reference info regarding Hiking Gaiters-
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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by outdoor_lover » Apr 23 2020 1:40 pm

@Grasshopper
I don't buy them for snake gaiters. I buy them for the foxtails, so I don't need them very high since I'm wearing shorts. The REI low gaiters work pretty well for that. Looks like they've changed the style since I've bought them, but I'm sure they still work as well. https://www.rei.com/product/148018/rei- ... il-gaiters
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Post by DixieFlyer » Apr 23 2020 2:15 pm

@outdoor_lover
do you have any issues with the strap underneath the shoe breaking?
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Post by Grasshopper » Apr 23 2020 3:08 pm

outdoor_lover wrote:but I'm sure they still work as well.
That under shoe cord tie is going to bust after a few rocky AZ hikes. With this design, there appears to be "no grommets" to replace the tie cords. The 5 pairs I own all have "grommets".
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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by chumley » Apr 23 2020 3:11 pm

Don't throw out those broken strap ones. It's incredibly easy to add a couple grommets and connect a new strap.
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Post by DixieFlyer » Apr 23 2020 3:53 pm

dirty girl gaiters attach via a hook over your shoe lace in the front, and via velcro on the heel of your shoe

https://dirtygirlgaiters.com/flaunt-it
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Post by chumley » Apr 23 2020 4:03 pm

@DixieFlyer
they're not particularly helpful when it comes to snakes though.
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Post by DixieFlyer » Apr 23 2020 4:20 pm

chumley wrote:
Apr 23 2020 4:03 pm
@DixieFlyer
they're not particularly helpful when it comes to snakes though.
I'd go a step further and say that they would be almost useless wrt snakes...but they would likely do OK for scree, fox grass, and such
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Post by hikeaz » Apr 23 2020 5:33 pm

REI gaiter.jpg
The REI OTT gaiters use velcro like D.G.. The nylon/plastic bungee fastener on the REI ones is (sort of) sewn into the gaiter. The shock cord can be replaced.
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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by outdoor_lover » Apr 23 2020 7:13 pm

@DixieFlyer
Looking at the new version, I probably wouldn't get those. The old version that I have has grommets. When the cord breaks, I just replace it with paracord. Although the original "cord" was more like a shoe lace as it's flat. I haven't had them break yet, but I don't wear them that much to begin with. About the time the Foxtails get bad is about the time I go up into higher elevations where they aren't that bad anyway.
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Post by hikeaz » Apr 23 2020 7:51 pm

outdoor_lover wrote:outdoor_lover
I generally use braided wire (picture hanging wire) in lieu of the cord/laces.
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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by Heliops » Apr 24 2020 9:56 am

If your just looking for debris gaiters trail runners swear by this brand. https://dirtygirlgaiters.com/
As far as snakes just be vigilant your in their home.

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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by Nighthiker » Apr 24 2020 3:29 pm

Since I mostly hike alone, I wear them (from forestry supplies). During my career as a firefighter I participated in lugging some one out (one of those surplus wire basket types that spent most of its time hanging on the forecastle of a WW II destroyer) on several occasions. Those litters were about as wide as a trail so those lugging the litter were actually off trail. Never could get our cadence in step tripping over rocks, brushing up against teddy bear cholla and having a lizard dart out and up underneath your trousers (the small fast ones have the sharpest toenails).
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Re: Snake Gaiters -worth it?

Post by toddak » Apr 25 2020 6:19 pm

I can no longer remain silent: I've joined the tin-foil gaiters-wearing community. After multiple rattler encounters and typically hiking solo, hours (or more) away from medical help, I really don't care what the statistics say. My Turtleskin Snakearmors are lightweight, flexible and comfortable. Crummy zippers are my only complaint. Added bonus: they are virtually impenetrable, shrugging off catclaw, cholla, agave, etc.

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